Phil Mickelson Wins Capital One's The Match for $9M over Tiger Woods in Overtime

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 23:  Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson look on prior to The Match: Tiger vs Phil at Shadow Creek Golf Course on November 23, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images for The Match)
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Phil Mickelson became $9 million richer Friday after defeating Tiger Woods 1-up in 22 holes in Capital One's The Match—a winner-take-all, match-play event held at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas.

Woods missed a birdie putt from eight feet out on the fourth overtime hole, while Mickelson made his from four feet away to clinch the victory:

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Phil Mickelson wins #CapitalOnesTheMatch four playoff holes later 🙌 https://t.co/pMilz3iUOR

Neither golfer led by more than one hole Friday, and with his win, Mickelson earned more in one day than PGA Tour leading money winner Justin Thomas won all last season ($8.7 million).

Phil showered Tiger with praise after prevailing in a hard-fought battle:

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Phil goes home with the 9 Million, but he still says Tiger's, 'the best of all time.' 🙌 #CapitalOnesTheMatch was unforgettable. https://t.co/YiyKqQuHJK

Additionally, Mickelson won three side bets or "challenges" on the day for $600,000, while Woods won one challenge for $200,000. That money will be paid directly by Woods and Mickelson to a charity of the other's choice.

Woods and Mickelson are longtime rivals who spent much of the late 1990s and early-to-mid-2000s as the two best golfers in the world.

While Friday's event had a competitive environment, Woods and Mickelson were friendly and complimentary of each other throughout the round.

The Match started off with a bang on the first hole, as Mickelson bet Woods $200,000 that he would make birdie.

Lefty was unable to convert his birdie putt, which prompted Tiger to hit Phil with a jocular verbal jab:

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*Phil misses $200K birdie put* Tiger: "That hurts the pocket" 😂 Buy #CapitalOnesTheMatch here: https://t.co/Opog8HC1Oh https://t.co/wi5X1J9LZ5

It didn't take Mickelson long to bounce back, as he won the second hole with a par to take a 1-up lead in the match.

Woods missed a putt from inside four feet to lose the hole, which has been an uncommon occurrence in 2018, according to Jason Sobel of Action Network:

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelTAN

Tiger's par miss was from 3 feet, 7 inches. Last season, he made 810 of 840 attempts inside 5 feet (96.43 percent).

The second challenge of the day was a $100,000 closest-to-the-pin bet on the par-three fifth hole.

Phil won that challenge, as Woods knew his tee shot was nowhere near good enough off the club:

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Quickest way to make $100K for Phil 🤑 (➡️ @ATT) https://t.co/LU6yog8DAY

After several halved holes in a row, Woods got the match back to all-square on the par-five seventh with a birdie.

Tiger put himself in good position by out-driving Mickelson by about 30 yards, and he attempted to goad Lefty into a $200,000 side bet for the lowest score on the hole.

Mickelson asked for 3-2 odds, which Woods declined, so no bet was made:

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Tiger wanted to bet $200K on Hole 7, but Phil wanted no part of it 😂 #CapitalOnesTheMatch https://t.co/jXKCwM08gS

There was a bet consummated on the par-three eighth, however, and it was once again won by Phil, as his tee shot was closest to the pin:

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This roll cost Tiger $200K 👀 (➡️ @CapitalOne) https://t.co/KyL0ORsZrA

Mickelson also regained a 1-up advantage thanks to a Tiger three-putt.

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt found it difficult to relate to the massive bets that were being placed during the match:

JJ Watt @JJWatt

Tiger to Phil: “$200,000 closest to the pin?” My buddies to me: “20 bucks says you put it in the water” #TheMatch

Things got even wilder from a betting perspective on the next hole when Woods and Mickelson agreed to a $1 million wager if either of them could eagle the par-four ninth.

Neither golfer was able to do so, and Phil carried a 1-up lead over to the back nine.

Both Woods and Mickelson struggled a bit on the front, and fellow PGA Tour star Rickie Fowler couldn't help but poke some fun at his older peers:

Rickie Fowler @RickieFowler

Can we get Temper-Pedic to sponsor #TheMatch?? Bit of a pillow fight going right now haha I won’t these boys to play some golffff #letsgooo

The closely contested match was all-square once again through 11 when Phil was unable to match the birdie Tiger carded:

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Tiger ties it on 11 👀 #CapitalOnesTheMatch https://t.co/SrlJOrcXzl

Perhaps aided by the thrill of another side bet, Mickelson was back in business on the par-three 13th.

Mickelson won his third consecutive closest-to-the-pin challenge and earned another $300,000 for his charity in the process:

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Phil takes Tiger's bet and the 300k... all in less than 2 minutes 🤑 #CapitalOnesTheMatch is heating up https://t.co/UEVNFr7EBH

Lefty then nailed a birdie putt, and things were even with just five holes to play:

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Phil comes right back after Tiger took the lead 🔥 #CapitalOnesTheMatch https://t.co/TYT7CJVjMm

On No. 15, Mickelson put himself in ideal position to pick up the victory, as he made par, and Tiger's attempt to halve slid just past the hole:

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😬 #CapitalOnesTheMatch https://t.co/THfS9WnWcw

Woods' back was against the wall on the par-three 17th when his tee shot found the rough and Phil put his within 11 feet of the hole.

Tiger needed to make his chip or else Mickelson would have had a makeable putt to win the match.

As Woods has done so many times over the course of his illustrious career, he pulled off some magic by holing out for birdie:

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TIGER. CLUTCH. We're tied heading into the 18th hole 😱 #CapitalOnesTheMatch https://t.co/HXPHoVOKCR

Mickelson then missed his birdie putt, which sent the match to the 18th with the score all-square.

Actor and singer Donnie Wahlberg wasn't surprised that Tiger came through in the clutch:

Donnie Wahlberg @DonnieWahlberg

The biggest surprise of #Tigers chip in on 17 is that anyone is actually surprised that #Tiger made it! He’s #TigerWoods #Tiger #Phil #TheMatch

A halve on No. 18 forced sudden-death extra holes, which resulted in Woods and Mickelson playing the par-five 18th for a second time.

Tiger somewhat surprisingly conceded a short putt on the 18th, which allowed Phil to make it to extras without sinking his putt:

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Tiger's making Phil earn the win 😅 #CapitalOnesTheMatch https://t.co/yvEH49LbNr

A poor approach shot on the 19th hole left Mickelson in the bunker, and he was forced to settle for par.

That gave Woods an opportunity to win it with a seven-foot birdie putt, but he missed it left:

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Tiger can't sink it and we play a 20th hole 🤯 #CapitalOnesTheMatch https://t.co/HFWWNRPLtE

Tiger's wayward putt sent them to No. 20, which was a modified, 93-yard hole.

The roles were reversed on the 20th with Phil putting for birdie from 17 feet away to win the match, but he was also unable to convert.

Mickelson knocked it even closer on the second run through the 93-yard hole; however, he missed once again and then conceded a tricky par putt to Woods, which forced yet another sudden-death hole.

After Woods missed a birdie try on No. 22, Phil proved the third time was a charm, as he finally made birdie from four feet out to win the match and collect $9 million.

Conditions were difficult by the end since the temperature had dropped considerably and they were forced to play with aid of lights due to darkness.

Mickelson overcame that adversity, though, and despite trailing Tiger 107-49 in career wins and 14-5 in major titles, Lefty now has head-to-head bragging rights.


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